Big Ben will be renamed the Elizabeth Tower

Posted at 3:59 PM, Jun 26, 2012
and last updated 2012-06-26 15:59:58-04

London, England (WTVR) One of London’s most iconic and recognizable landmarks is getting a new name—and new gender so to speak.

The Clock Tower of Britain’s Parliament – popularly known as Big Ben – is being renamed in honor of Queen Elizabeth II, authorities said on Tuesday.

The 315-foot-high structure will now formally be known as Elizabeth Tower following a campaign by lawmakers to honor the monarch’s 60 years on the throne.

A House of Commons Commission statement said arrangements were being made for the “decision to be implemented in an appropriate manner in due course.”

The tower was completed in 1858. It houses a four-faced chiming clock and the famed 13.5-ton Big Ben bell. Over the years, people began calling the whole tower Big Ben.

Prime Minister David Cameron, who backed the campaign for a change, said the new name was a “fitting tribute to the queen and the service she has given our country.”

Opposition chief Ed Miliband, head of Britain’s Labour Party, said the honor “rightly recognized Queen Elizabeth’s lifetime of dedication and tireless service.”

After the summer Olympics the clock tower will be renamed.

What do you think of the name change? Do you like the way Big Beth rolls off the tongue? Tell us in the comments.